Economic Development Administrator – Butler County, Ohio

Under direction of the Director of Development, provides strategic leadership and prioritizes activities which improve the business development climate of the County; coordinates the County’s economic development efforts, including maintaining mutually beneficial relationships and communication with economic development and planning officials with the local jurisdictions of the County; attracting new business and employers; identifying sites for possible development; maintaining high visibility for potential businesses; researches and prepares economic development reports, cost-benefit analyses, and other evaluations to assess value-producing metrics for economic development projects. Serves as director of Butler County Port Authority and Butler County Land Reutilization Corporation (Land Bank).

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Projects Coordinator – The Area Development Foundation, Inc. – Mount Vernon, Knox County, Ohio

Under the general supervision of the President, the Projects Coordinator provides a high-level of detail-oriented administrative direction and support to the Foundation. This position exercises judgment and discretion across many facets of the Foundation to keep the organization running soundly and smoothly in completing its various tasks, including those involving real estate acquisition and disposition, business expansion and recruitment, public relations, and community planning and economic development.

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Building COVID 19 Regional Supply Chain Strategies

COVID 19 has illustrated the challenges created by a global supply chain for thousands of American companies. A supply chain is a network between a company and its suppliers to produce and distribute a specific product to the final buyer.[i] This network includes different activities, people, entities, information, and resources.[ii] The supply chain also represents the steps it takes to get the product or service from its original state to the customer.[iii] Companies develop supply chains so they can reduce their costs and remain competitive in the business landscape.[iv]

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Reshoring After COVID-19 Presents Economic Development Opportunities

As we begin to plan for a post-pandemic world, a movement to reshore or attract the manufacture of certain “essential” products has been gaining traction. Economic developers across the nation are aware that landing a new or expanding manufacturer that might create jobs and investment in their community could be a key part of their economic recovery process. It could also provide a much-needed level of industry diversification. There is a lot of speculation about which industries are essential and how to begin the attraction process.

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Port Authority Delivers Small Business Toolkits

(Wilmington, Ohio) Partnering with JobsOhio and the Dayton Development Coalition (DDC), the Clinton County Port Authority received 125 Small Business Safety Toolkits to distribute throughout the community.

“Each Toolkit contains 100 3-ply face masks, 10 KN95 masks, and a 24-ounce bottle of hand sanitizer,” said Clinton County Port Authority Economic Development Director Jennifer Ekey. “These are the items small businesses – those with 100 employees or fewer – said would help them in their efforts to reopen safely. JobsOhio and the DDC worked to make these available to us so we could distribute them locally, with a focus on locally owned service industry businesses like restaurants and salons, and specialty retail shops.”

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PORT AUTHORITY A “BEST WORKPLACE” Ohio Business Magazine Recognizes Outstanding Workplaces

(Wilmington, Ohio) Annually, Ohio Business Magazine sends out the call to organizations throughout the state of Ohio, looking for the Best Workplaces.  In its fifth year of recognizing for-profit, nonprofit and government institutions, the publication selected the Clinton County Port Authority to be among the 22 entities, with fewer than 50 employees as a “Best Workplace in Ohio.”

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Tracked Senate Bills – June 2020

State News:

ODJFS Employment and Training Grant: Lt. Governor Husted announced June 11 that the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) will receive an $8.5 million federal Employment Recovery National Dislocated Worker Grant to help reemploy individuals who lost their jobs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and to help employers rebuild their workforces. ODJFS will work with the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation to facilitate the grant program through local OhioMeansJobs centers and will distribute the funding to Ohio’s local workforce areas. ODJFS will also provide outreach to employers and services to individuals who were laid off, either permanently or temporarily, as a result of the pandemic.

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Tracked House Bills – May 2020

Federal News:

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program Available:  The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services announced May 13 that Ohioans can now apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), a new federal program that covers many more categories of workers than the traditional unemployment program. Those who believe they may be eligible should visit and click the button that says “Click Here to Apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.” Individuals who pre-registered for the program received an email earlier this week with instructions for how to complete their applications. To read the release on PUA, click here.

Possible Future Aid:  On May 15, the House approved a fifth aid bill dubbed the “HEROES Act” (Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act) that would authorize additional COVID assistance totaling $3 Trillion.  The measure is unlikely to progress, however, as it is not supported by many Republican lawmakers.  The bill includes another round of direct cash payments to individuals, extends unemployment benefits to the end of January, adds hazard pay for front-line workers and includes aid to state and local governments. It also expands virus-testing efforts and contact tracing and treatment.  The bill also includes some changes to programs that were approved in the CARES Act, including an expansion of the IRS payment program.  In addition, the plan sets aside $3.6 billion to protect federal elections, $25 billion to support the U.S. Postal Service, $100 billion for low-income rent support, $75 billion for a homeowner assistance fund and $100 million for the Violence Against Women Prevention and Prosecution Programs.  It also would expand funding for small-business loans, enhance an employee-retention tax credit program and boost worker protections.

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Tracked Senate Bills – May 2020

State News: 

State of Ohio COVID-19 Update:

JobsOhio Liquor Rebate: JobsOhio and the Ohio Department of Commerce’s Division of Liquor Control announced May 11 they will offer a one-time rebate to bars and restaurants to defray the cost of restocking high-proof spirituous liquor. Beginning in mid-May, JobsOhio will provide a $500 rebate in high-proof spirituous liquor to eligible permits for purchases made through Ohio Liquor Contract Liquor Agencies. Permit holders must register to be eligible for rebate.  To view qualifying permits and to register for the liquor rebate program, visit

Reopening Ohio: On May 19, Governor DeWine announced that an urgent health advisory, named Ohioans Protecting Ohioans, will replace the current public health orders. This lifts many of the mandatory restrictions on the general public, but keeps in place the recently published sector-specific requirements for businesses and employers.  The order does not change the mass gathering restrictions, which remain at a 10-person limit.  The Governor also announced that all travel for healthy persons either within or out of state is now permitted, but discouraged. The 14-day quarantine requirement after travel has also been removed.

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April 27, 2020 State Legislative Leaders Outline Plans for Re-Opening State Ahead of Governor’s Announcement

Governor DeWine is expected to announce his plans for re-opening the state today, a delay of several days compared to the initial release date of April 23.  Ohio’s legislative leaders have released their plans for re-opening the state. The Ohio House of Representatives plan, Open Ohio Responsibly Framework, shows signatures from 23 state legislators on the plan’s release.  The Ohio Senate’s Minority Caucus outlined their priorities for re-opening in letter to Gov. DeWine which was signed by that chamber’s Democratic leadership team.  In addition, Senator Matt Huffman, a Lima Republican and next in line to be President of the Ohio Senate, has been calling on DeWine to remove business restrictions in rural areas of the state.

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April 27, 2020 State of Ohio Update: COVID-19

Friday afternoon, Governor DeWine announced positive developments addressing the shortage of testing swabs and reagent. Ohio has lagged in testing volume due to these shortages.  Governor DeWine along with former Governors Celeste and Taft worked with a company developing a new reagent, Thermo Fisher. The FDA approved the new reagent earlier this week. 

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September 1st Webinar – Multi-Billion Dollar Ohio Solar Industry and Its Benefits for Ohio Communities

Hear from experts about why utility scale solar development is so hot right now in Ohio. Webinar will highlight the multi-billion dollar economic benefits for Ohio communities and the opportunity to create thousands of jobs. Bonus- Ohio University will reveal key findings from the newly published study on the economic impacts of Ohio utility scale solar.